June 16

Song of Solomon 5-8, Psalm 13

God knows us completely. We know ourselves next best, we know our thoughts and motives along with all of our actions including those done in the light and in the dark. Everyone else only sees what we show them. For this reason it is difficult to fathom how and why God would choose to love us despite all of our flaws when seen by One who is absolutely perfect. Jon Courson said, "We are so aware of our blackness, our faults, our shortcomings. And we are certainly aware of everyone else's blackness, faults and shortcomings! But how does the Lord view His bride? Through the filter of His blood. That is, His blood takes away all sin, defilement, and iniquity. As He looks at you, He approves of you. He's in love with you. And He is pleased to be linked to you for all eternity." Often that is our problem, we fail in the area of "agape" love. "Agape" love is unmerited, unconditional love, totally, unselfishly directed on the object of our love. This is the love that we often fall short of, but is spoken about so clearly in the letter 1 John and demonstrated so clearly in the Gospels by Jesus. Our love is often conditional.

Yesterday, we looked at how the Bride (us) should earnestly seek the Bridegroom (Jesus). Today let's read how the Bridegroom (Jesus) views us (His Bride). We read in Song of Solomon 1:15, "Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove's eyes." In 4:7, we read, "You are all fair, my love, And there is no spot on you." As flawed and imperfect as we know we are, Jesus doesn't see us that way. Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:27, "that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish." The Beloved goes on in Song of Solomon to say in 6:10, "Who is she who looks forth as the morning, Fair as the moon, Clear as the sun, Awesome as an army with banners." The Lord sees us as pure, clear, and without spot or blemish.

Our problem is that since we see ourselves as flawed, blemished, and broken we render ourselves unusable for His service. The moment we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior and allowed ourselves to be washed clean by His blood, those stains have been removed. As we read in tn Isaiah 1:18, "...Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool." God has removed everything that limits us from experiencing life to it's fullest and serving Him completely. So when we hear that lying voice telling us that we can't pray, we can't worship, we don't belong in church, we can't serve Him due to our spots and blemishes, remember this is the voice of the accuser not God. God says I approve of you, I unconditionally love you, I am fond and pleased by you. God wants us on the front lines of His Christian army, not beaten down hiding in the trenches. May we remember and never forget what is written in Song of Solomon 7:10, "I am my beloved's, And His desire is toward me."

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Marj Lancaster